Disney Cruise Line Announces 2013 Itineraries and Ports; Disney Wonder to Depart from Miami

Captain Mickey visits Athens, Greece © Disney Cruise LineIn 2013, Disney Cruise Line will offer new itineraries, including an expanded portfolio of European cruises with new destinations such as Venice, Italy, and the Greek Isles. In addition, Disney Cruise Line will utilize a second homeport in Florida, with Caribbean sailings departing from the Port of Miami for the first time.

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First Look: Disney Fantasy Maiden Voyage Limited Edition Merchandise

Disney Fantasy Maiden Voyage RSP MerchandiseEarlier today, the official Disney Parks blog offered a first look at some of the new merchandise that will be available aboard the Disney Cruise Line Disney Fantasy for her Maiden Voyage and Inaugural Voyage Season. We are now pleased to bring you a first look at the limited edition items that will be available only to those sailing on the maiden voyage.

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UPDATED: Disney Fantasy Ship Float Out Video; Destined for New York City (Christening?)

Disney Dream Inside Meyer Werft ShipyardDisney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, will see another milestone tomorrow as she leaves the Meyer Werft enclosed dock for the first time, proving her seaworthiness. At approximately 5 am EST on Sunday, January 8, she will slowly be floated out of the building, into the harbor for a few tests.

Final touches on the ship’s construction, such as the installation of the mast, will be performed while she is berthed at the yard’s pier. Two weeks later, she is expected to be conveyed to the North Sea via the River Ems. She will then officially be delivered to Disney Cruise Line on February 9 in Bremerhaven.

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Cruises Aboard Disney Fantasy to be Awarded on ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’

‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ with Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira is giving contestants, audience members and one lucky home viewer a chance to escape the winter blues with a trip on Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, which will launch in March, 2012. During ‘Millionaire’s’ ‘Cruise In and Win Week,’ airing January 9 – 13, the specialty prizes will be attached to a question and, if the contestant answers correctly, he/she will win the money attached to the question as well as a three-night preview cruise vacation for four aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Excursions for New York City, Walt Disney World

Captain Mickey in New York CityFor those guests planning on making the trek to New York City to board the Disney Magic as she begins to set sail on May 25, 2012, Disney Cruise Line has made available details for a few special excursions in the city, available only on debarkation day.

The Midtown Manhattan & Top of the Rock excursion will take you into the heart of midtown aboard an air-conditioned motor coach. You’ll visit the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza which offers unparalleled views of the Big Apple. The breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction and includes panoramic views of: Central Park, the Empire State Building, The Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge and much more.

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Disney Cruise Line to Offer ‘Alaskan Wonders’ Excursion by Adventures by Disney in 2012

On several 7-night sailings to Alaska in 2012 aboard the Disney Wonder, guests will be able to add-on an ‘Alaskan Wonders Family Cruise Vacation’ package provided by Adventures by Disney. The ‘Alaskan Wonders’ vacation provides guests with an exquisite selection of unique onboard activities and premium shore experiences designed to immerse families in the history and sights of Alaska. The experience includes all shore excursions and meals, onboard and onshore photos and gratuities as well as private receptions and special activities on board the Disney Wonder.

Notable activities include:

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Video: ‘The Muppets’ Disney Fantasy ‘The Case of the Stolen Show’ Interactive Game

Disney Cruise Line today debuted this video which goes behind-the-scenes at the making of the Midship Detective Agency interactive game on the Disney Fantasy. In the game, which takes advantage of the Enchanted Art displays — much like its counterpart already in place aboard sister ship Disney Dream — Pepe the King Prawn offers to take on detective duties to help Kermit and the rest of the Muppets find the missing props for their big performance. Kermit, worried about Pepe’s lack of detective skills, turns to the guests for help.

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Interactive Disney ‘AquaDuck’ Experience in Movie Theaters for Limited Time

Disney Cruise Line and Audience Entertainment today announced that an interactive, guest-driven experience has come to major movie theaters across the United States. The first crowdgame of its kind in the country, it allows large theater audiences to control on-screen action from their seats via a group arm-waving motion.

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CONFIRMED: ‘Wishes’ Musical to Debut on Disney Fantasy

'Wishes' Concept Art

Reporting from the new Disney Cruise Line facility in Toronto, Deb Wills of AllEarsNet has confirmed via Twitter something we reported several months ago, that a new musical titled ‘Wishes’ will debut on-board the Disney Fantasy when she sets sail early next year.

Although details have surely changed since we first reported the new show (which we first knew to be titled ‘Reflections’), here are some of the role descriptions we first shared:

Specific roles that appear to be tied to the new show include:

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The Muppets Climb Aboard the Disney Fantasy

The Muppets make their debut on Disney Cruise Line in a new adventure game aboard the Disney Fantasy, the new Disney ship setting sail in March 2012.

Throughout the Disney Fantasy, guests will discover creative and whimsical technical innovations – whether it’s mealtime, playtime or bedtime. “Paintings” spring to life. Guests’ own drawings dance with Disney characters. Interior staterooms have a porthole view of the sea outside. Animated characters chat with guests. The floor beneath children comes alive to movements. Among the highlights:

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